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On 01 December 2022, the representative of the Task Force under the Project "Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure", implemented by the Energy Charter Secretariat, took part in a public event "Sectoral Consultations of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency: Restoring of Ukraine’s energy sector". Consultations were held in the framework of the cooperation with Polish businesses, and were devoted to the recovery of export into Ukraine and Ukraine’s energy sector post-war...

The Second Report on Key Legal Developments in Ukraine's Energy Sector is now available online. The First Report covered the period from 24 February to 20 October 2022. The second edition outlines at the outset the key legal developments from 21 October to 20 November 2022, followed by a concise but comprehensive overview of key legislative and regulatory changes introduced for the duration of martial law and as a part of ongoing energy sector reforms in Ukraine, from 24 February to 20 November...

On 29 November 2022, the Energy Charter Secretariat contributed to the conference, Energy Sufficiency and Saving,” jointly organised by the Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Dispatch Center of Mongolia, and The Global Green Growth Institute. The conference's goal was to foster the dialogue, share and exchange successful experiences in addressing energy efficiency, identify and discuss solutions to overcome challenges and barriers for energy sufficiency and saving.

Ms. Özlem Duyan,...

On 28 November 2022, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Ms Atsuko Hirose, attended a high-level event jointly organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), to discuss the progress in implementing the project, “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia”,...

On 25 November 2022, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Mission of Japan to the European Union, Mr. Yasushi Masaki, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Belgium and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Mr. Makita Shimokawa, at the occasion of the farewell reception of Ambassador Shimokawa at his residence.  Ambassador Shimokawa will shortly assume his post...

The Fourth Ukrainian Energy Sector Damage Assessment report is now available online. The report outlines new and updated information on how the war affected the Ukrainian energy system and covers damages inflicted on all energy sector facilities by the invading Russian military forces from February 24 to November 24, 2022.    

The report was prepared by the Task Force under the project, “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure”, which is funded by the European Commission...

On 22 November 2022, more than 33 Contracting Parties to the Energy Charter Treaty convened online for the 33rd Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, the governing and decision-making body for the Energy Charter Process.

The first part of the Statutory Session was mostly devoted to the budget and programme of work for 2023, the implementation of the conclusions of the 2019 Review and the modernisation of the Treaty. The Conference expects to meet ad hoc in April 2023 to finalise the...

Mr Guy Lentz, the Secretary-General, met Mr Hongjian Wang, Deputy Head of Mission of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union.

Mr Lentz briefed Mr Wang on the developments of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) modernisation process and the arrangements for holding the Annual Energy Charter Conference. Mr Wang expressed his appreciation for the work of the Secretariat and conveyed to the Secretary-General the great interest that China attaches to the Energy Charter...

The Task Force, established at the Energy Charter Secretariat under the project “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure”, has successfully finalised policy recommendations for the Government of Ukraine and officially submitted them to Mr Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and Mr German Galushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine.

The policy recommendations were developed as a part of the document entitled «Synchronisation of Strategic Documents in the Energy...

Ms Ganchimeg Chimedtseren, seconded expert from the Mongolian Ministry of Energy, successfully completed her secondment at the Energy Charter Secretariat.

On behalf of the Secretariat, we express our gratitude for her contribution on the joint preparation of the 33rd Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, and for coordinating activities in connection with the Mongolian Chairmanship.

On 9 November, H.E. Sapar Palvanov, the newly appointed Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, as well as Head of Mission to the European Union, paid a courtesy visit to the Energy Charter Secretariat and met with Secretary-General Mr. Guy Lentz and Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Atsuko Hirose. 

The Ambassador emphasised the full support of Turkmenistan to the modernised Treaty and reaffirmed its commitments to the...

On 7 November, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, were pleased to be invited by H.E. Mr Margulan Baimukhan, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The event, which included a performance by the Kazakh ethnic music group, was attended by many ambassadors, diplomatic representatives and...

The provision of Article 62(1) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) allowing states to terminate or withdraw from a treaty due to the unforeseenfundamental changes of circumstances” is a well-established rule under customary international law but may be invoked only in exceptional circumstances, as comes from the treaty text and further interpretation by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 

Under Article 62, a state needs to meet the following conditions to terminate...

On 28 October 2022, the Task Force established within the Energy Charter Secretariat under the project “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure”, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine and a Ukrainian law firm, organised the webinar “Energy Charter Treaty: Legal Tool for Protection of Ukrainian Energy Companies from Russian Military Hostilities.”

The webinar was dedicated to the issues of application of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) for recovering...

On 27 September 2022, the Ukrainian Task Force established within the Energy Charter Secretariat under the project Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure” held the Second Coordination Meeting.  

During the First Coordination Meeting, held on 15 September, the participants agreed to regularly organise such events to efficiently cooperate and align activities related to restoring the Ukrainian energy infrastructure. The second meeting gathered the representatives of the...